The National Day of Silencing Science
By Christopher Doyle
April 16 is the National Day of Silence, where students nationwide refrain from speaking to bring attention to the mistreatment of homosexual youth in schools. It’s the brainchild of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), whose founder, Kevin Jennings, is now the nation’s “safe schools czar” at the Department of Education.
However, it’s not
The sexual revolution in the 1960s espoused “free love” and tolerance. But many of the activists who came out of this era are presenting a singular message to youth: anything goes, except a return to traditional sexual roles. Young people growing up with same-sex attraction are being told they are biologically “gay” and pressured to identify as such from an early age. Rather than presenting all the facts, the activists give students a distorted, politically correct message, while disparaging the character of anyone who disagrees.
Take for example,
the treatment of the
medical organizations such as the
Among those ignored is
In 2009, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) published a comprehensive overview of research citing more than 500 scientific studies spanning nearly 100 years that demonstrates change is possible. These facts aren’t being communicated to young people, who are instead getting a steady diet of politically correct misinformation.
Meanwhile, anti-ex-gay activists such as Wayne
Besen and organizations such as
BashBack! are using the
These anti ex-gay groups, as well as the APA, are guilty of the very same offense they falsely accuse the College of committing – denying evidence. Instead, they label ex-gays, therapists and ministries that support youth with unwanted SSA as “dangerous” and “harmful.” A 2009 report issued by the APA on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) once again ignored a mountain of research demonstrating the efficacy of SOCE, while providing only anecdotal evidence of harm. The report was biased and unscientific.
Rather than engage in civil debate and promote true tolerance and diversity of opinion, anti-ex-gay groups engage in smear campaigns to discredit all those who disagree with their narrow-minded worldview. If that doesn’t work, they use their professional associations as pulpits to distort and disparage any divergence of opinion or research that challenges their agenda.
On April 16, militant activists will spread misinformation through the mainstream media, medical and mental health communities while instructing students to voluntarily remain mute. Those who dare to speak up and present an alternative view; one that is based on science, common sense and morality, will be the ones who are forced to remain silent.
Christopher Doyle is a research analyst on adolescent sexual health policy, therapist, and former homosexual. He is a member of the board of directors for the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX). For more information, visit www.pfox.org.